Recife is the first multicultural zone in Brazil. African, Indian and European colour the city with a beautiful cultural rainbow that develops the Latino flavour, Brazil breaths every day. The city lies in a beautiful location that springs with natural sites throughout the landscape, the coastal line and the water channels.
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The coastal city Recife, close to the Equator, has a warm climate year round with gentle trade winds that blow in from the Atlantic Ocean. It is the commercial centre in the northeast of Brazil, which has the lion share in the country's prosperity.
Besides, this commercial centre prospers as a prime tourism destination in the area. Tourists have discovered the pleasant climate and the area's 187 kilometres long stretched white beaches To enjoy. In addition, the connected bridges on the waterways make the city just like Venice.
The city's past as one of the first Portuguese colonies in Brazil and as the main arrival port for African slaves' traders, has left an indelible mark on it. That past gave the city its current ethnic mix of Indian, European and African descendants.
Especially the African culture has left visible traces in Recife in faith, music, dance and cuisine.
When the Dutch took control of the city from 1630 to 1654, it was then home to the first Jewish community and the first synagogue on the American continents. Some of these Jews settlers fled later to North America and founded the first Jewish community in New Amsterdam, today's New York.
A line of coral reefs protects the shoreline of Recife and gives the city its name, as "Recife" does revert to "reefs" in Portuguese. At high tide, water covers the reef completely, while at low tide natural pools form along the shoreline.
Inland, Recife also intersected by waterways, since the city is located where the two rivers Beberibe and Capibaribe converge and flow into the ocean.
Because of the low-lying coastline and the development of the dense settlements along the coast in Recife, just like in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, the city is very vulnerable to rises in sea levels and extreme weather events like cyclones and storm surges.
Any rise in sea surface temperature, combined with the increasing acidification of the oceans, is likely to damage Recife's natural barriers - the coral reefs -, leaving the city even more exposed to flooding.
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